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Cuddy has several meanings. Whatever it means, it is usually informal, and should be avoided in academic English - except when using the first meaning in its technical sens.

  • The cuddy was a traditional name in a sailing ship for the cabin (a 'room' on board a ship) in which the captain, officers and [passengers would eat.
    • By 1917, this had become specifically the captain's cabin.
    • In general use, this became informally used for any small enclosed space, or small room. Usually it is pejorative, or diminishing the status of the room - but this may often be affectionate.
  • Cuddy is also a Conventional abbreviation:
Cuddy is a short form of the forename Cuthbert. There are two main types of such shortenings: they are convenient for writing, e.g. in lists; or they are essentially spoken pet-names, and thus informal. (See Conventional abbreviations for forenames.)
Short form Long form Informal or written Other short forms Remarks
Cuddy Cuthbert informal Bert; Bertie

There is a list of similar names at Conventional abbreviations for forenames, as well as the category:short names

Note that any informal form may be spelled in different ways. Notably, any spelling listed that ends in '-ie' may be written with the ending '-y', and vice versa.
It is not common these days.
  • In Scotland and the north-east of England, cuddy is the dialect word for 'a donkey' or 'ass'. This may be derived from the next, although this cannot be proved. (OED says "It has been plausibly conjectured to be the same word as Cuddy, a familiar diminutive of Cuthbert in some parts of the north. Cf. the analogous application of Neddy, Dicky, to an ass; but unlike these, cuddy has, now at least, no conscious connexion with the proper name, being, like donkey, simply a common noun."